CYBERSECURITY ADVISORIES' CALENDAR FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2021

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Online Impersonation

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Statistics from the Cybercrime/Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Points of Contact (PoC) of the Cyber Security Authority (CSA) put online impersonation amongst the top five (5) most common cybersecurity incidents. Keep your personal and professional information limited to avoid identity theft.


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Mobile Money scams

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An estimated number of 50% of all mobile money subscribers have either been targeted or have experienced mobile money fraud. Do not share your mobile money PIN with anyone.


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Mobile Money scams

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When you receive an SMS or phone call from anyone other than your service provider about resetting your Mobile Money PIN, do not follow any instructions given. Rather, verify information from your service provider before implementing any action.


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Online Impersonation

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Online impersonation is synonymous with Identity theft which can damage your reputation, finances and cause emotional trauma. To avoid this, do not make your personal information readily available especially on social media platforms, and always remember to improve on the password strength of your accounts.


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Mobile Money scams

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When you suspect an unauthorized withdrawal from your Mobile Money account, report to your service provider immediately.


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Business Email Compromise

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“According to the Bank of Ghana, an estimated amount of GHS1.05million was lost to business email compromises in the banking industry in 2020.” Scrutinize all email messages to review messages that request the transfer of funds to determine if the requests are irregular.


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Social Engineering

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Social Engineering employs psychological tricks to persuade individuals to make security errors or giveaway critical information online or offline. Be careful of the information you share with people. Think before you click on any unfamiliar site. Better be safe than sorry.


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Sextortion

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Section 66 of the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) criminalizes sextortion facilitated online. This is the practice of extorting money or sexual favors from someone by threatening to distribute or transmit evidence of their sexual activities online e.g., nude pictures, videos, and obscene content.


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Unsolicited Messages

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Be vigilant and careful of messages that require you to act quickly during any form of transaction, this is a sign of fraudulent operation. Decline the request or contact your service provider or financial institution in such cases.


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Business Email Compromise

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Carefully examine email address, links of websites (URL), and spelling used in any email correspondence. Scammers use slight differences to trick victims and gain their trust.


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Social Engineering

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Do not save personal information such as usernames, passwords, or credit card information in your computer browser or mobile phone. Do well to erase browsing history especially on public devices.


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Business Email Compromise

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Set up two-factor or multi-factor authentication on any account that is vulnerable to business email compromise, and never disable it.


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Online Shopping Scam

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Only install trusted apps from reputable online stores. Furthermore, if you experience strange software, be careful to read reviews from real user accounts to see if there is anything unusual about it.


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Online Shopping Scam

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Be sure to run due diligence and background checks on any shopping site you are purchasing your items from this festive season and beyond. In most cases, get to know their physical location, verify their credibility and authenticity before making any form of payment.


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Online Shopping Scam

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Be cautious of proposals and deals that seem too good to be true, no matter how appealing they may appear. Only shop from reputable and well-known online stores and stay away from websites you have never heard of.


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Phishing Attack

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Phishing is a type of social engineering attack often used to steal user data. Before you click on any web link, check the details of the web address to be sure it is from a credible source


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Phishing Attack

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Spear-phishing is an email or electronic communication scam targeted at an individual or institution. Emails should always be treated with caution, even if they appear to come from a reliable source.


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Phishing Attack

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Vishing simply is voice phishing that involves a scammer calling individuals to mislead them into handing over their funds or personal information via phone calls. If you suspect any vishing call, don’t feel obligated to continue the conversation, simply hang up and block the contact.


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Phishing Attack

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Smishing is a type of phishing attack that uses text messages to mislead individuals into handing over sensitive information or funds. Don’t be in a hurry to respond to text messages. Instead, delete the text message if you are not familiar with the source or if you have not engaged in any activity related to it


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Parents/Guardians Advisories

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Sharenting is the overuse of social media by parents to share content with their children, such as baby pictures or details of their children's activities online. Parents are advised not to expose their children online by sharing their information, they may be a target to cybercriminals. Otherwise, review your privacy settings on your social media platforms before sharing content involving your children to prevent any form of cyber risk exposure.


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Online Shopping Scam

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Public Wi-Fi networks may appear to be very handy to use, but they are not at all safe, particularly those that are not password protected. When using public Wi-Fi for any purchasing activity, your usernames, passwords, SMS, and emails could be leaked. Avoid Free Wi-Fi connections.


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Online Shopping Scam

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Once an online fraudster has figured out one password, it is simple for them to attempt it on all your other accounts. Avoid becoming a victim of these scams by using various passwords for your different online accounts.


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Data Breach

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Data breaches occur when confidential, sensitive, or protected information is exposed to an unauthorized individual. Data breach mostly occurs due to weaknesses in technology or user behaviour. Regularly update software as soon as options are available to avoid data breaches


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Website defacement

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Website defacement is an attack on a website that alters the site's or web page’s visual look. Scammers use this to steal sensitive information or even install malware. Be sure to apply security updates and often make sure your computer system is up to date with the current system version.


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Online Shopping Scam

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Never pay or transfer money to someone you don’t know or trust, or give them your credit card information, online account information, or copies of personal papers. Don’t commit to sending or transferring money on someone else’s behalf. Merry Christmas!!!


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Catfishing

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Catfishing is when someone pretends to be someone, they are not by using social media to create a false identity, usually to defraud or scam individuals. Always be on your guard if someone randomly makes contact out of the blue to you. You are encouraged to report any suspicious persons trying to contact you to the Cyber Security Authority (CSA) via the points of contact below. Happy Boxing Day!!!


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Identity Theft

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Identity theft happens when someone uses your sensitive data to pose as you or steal from your contacts online. It is advisable to scrutinize and limit the number of personal information you post or share online so that you do not fall prey to these online scammers.


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Parents/Guardians Advisories

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Fake news is false and misinformed news circulated particularly online. To avoid being a victim of fake news, do well to double-check from other credible sources. Do not be in a hurry to distribute it.


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Identity Theft

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Fraudsters can learn a password just by watching your fingers as you key it in or by shoulder surfing. Be aware of your surroundings anytime you need to key in your password / PIN and do not check the ‘keep me login’ option when logging in to your accounts.


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Mobile Money scams

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Check your mobile money account balance regularly, and do not disclose your account details to anyone. Keep your accounts confidential to avoid being a target to fraudsters


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Social Engineering

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Statistics from the Cybercrime/Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Points of Contact (PoC) of the Cyber Security Authority (CSA) put online impersonation amongst the top five (5) most common cybersecurity incidents. Keep your personal and professional information limited to avoid identity theft.